The Craftsman style is all about using natural materials to convey a simple, yet balanced look. If you have a Craftsman-style home, it would be a shame to top it off with a roof made with manufactured asphalt shingles or colorful metal panels. Instead, you should consider these two natural roofing options:
Cedar shakes are sure to fit in with your Craftsman home's exterior since they are made from natural wood. Another advantage of cedar shakes is that they are very weather resistant. They won't be peeled away from the roof by a high wind, and they won't crack if a hail storm rolls through. Cedar is also a great insulator, which means your heating and cooling bills might decrease – and you can get away with using less insulation in your attic.
The downfall to cedar is that it is flammable. If you live in an area where forest fires are common, it's probably not the safest roofing option for you. You will also need to have the roof periodically treated with fungicides to prevent rot. Cedar shake roofs are not cheap. Expect to pay about $600 - $900 per square, including installation. (A square is equivalent to 100 square feet). However, this price is less expensive than that of slate roofing, the other option discussed in this article.
Slate tiles are slabs of slate that are harvested from the ground and carefully shaped into uniform tiles. They have a very natural look and are a common choice for Craftsman homes. The advantage of slate is that it will probably last for the rest of your home's life. The hardest slate tiles can last for up to 200 years. Slate is fire-resistant and very low maintenance, since it does not have to be treated for rot or insects. It comes in several colors including dark gray, blue-gray, and green-brown, so you can coordinate it with the rest of your home décor.
The downfalls of slate roofing are its heavy weight and its cost. While its weight means it won't blow off in a storm, it also makes it unsuitable for some homes. You'll need to have your house inspected by a structural engineer to make sure it's strong enough to support a slate roof before you opt for this material. Expect to pay $9 - $10 per square foot (that's equivalent to $900 - $1,000 per square) for slate roofing. But, keep in mind that the roof will likely outlive you and you'll never have to replace it again.
When you have a Craftsman home, it's essential to choose a roof made from natural materials. Depending on your budget and other preferences, slate and cedar can be great choices. Contact roofing contractors in your area for more information.
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